The Office of Investigative Services serves as the investigative component of the Division. Like detectives of other police agencies, Patrol investigators are assigned to conduct complex or in-depth investigations into criminal offenses, unusual incidents or other critical situations not normally handled by uniform patrol officers.
Personnel assigned to the Investigations Section are regularly called to assist uniform troopers at the scene of traffic stops, crash scenes or other situations where criminal activity has been uncovered. These incidents commonly include drug trafficking, auto theft, stolen property or identity fraud. Investigators are also called to respond to serious crimes reported to have occurred within the Division's jurisdiction. These incidents include homicides, assaults, sexual assaults, robberies and other crimes of violence.
In addition to assisting uniform personnel and responding to serious incidents, Patrol investigators handle a variety of other assignments mandated by Ohio law. Investigators are assigned to maintain liaison with various state agencies and conduct criminal investigations on crimes that occurred on state owned or leased property such as office buildings, state parks, college campuses, rest areas or highway maintenance facilities. Investigators handle criminal cases involving all state correctional institutions, juvenile detention centers and mental health facilities. The Patrol also commonly investigates crimes that have been committed against the State of Ohio or crimes reportedly committed by state employees. The Office of Investigative Services also handles criminal cases at the request of the Governor’s Office.
Fraud and identity theft are routine matters examined by Patrol investigators. Many of these incidents are related to the various state licensing processes or regulatory boards in addition to those uncovered during traffic enforcement.
Responsibilities in addition to criminal investigations include conducting pre-employment background investigations on potential Division employees and providing executive protection and security services for various officials and dignitaries.
A unit of investigators is assigned to each District Headquarters. A larger complement of investigators is also assigned to Investigative Offices in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati. To support the general investigators the Office of Investigative Services also maintains several specialized units within the section.
Criminal Patrol is tasked with looking for individuals using Ohio’s roadways for all forms of criminal activity. They work traffic enforcement on a daily basis, but place special emphasis on criminal activities associated with drug trafficking. The Ohio State Highway Patrol began training troopers in criminal interdiction in 1985. In 1992, the Division purchased its first 15 drug-detecting canines. Since that time, the program has expanded and canines are posted in and patrol all of OSHP districts.
The Patrol now deploys three types of canines: single purpose (narcotics detection), dual purpose (narcotics/tracking) and explosive detection. Criminal Patrol Unit operations have proven successful in curbing criminal activities throughout the state. Assigned personnel regularly assist federal, state and local agencies in joint operations. These operations have fostered cooperation at all levels to target criminal activities and improve the quality of life for the citizens of Ohio.
The Ohio Investigative Unit is a component of the Ohio State Highway Patrol comprised of enforcement agents who are fully-sworn, plainclothes peace officers responsible for enforcing Ohio’s alcohol, tobacco and food stamp fraud laws.
Agents investigate suspected illegal activity in liquor permit premises (bars, restaurants, carryouts, etc.). Investigations may be related to locations operating without a permit or to drug, gambling, counterfeiting or property crimes in liquor permit premises. Agents also investigate the illegal manufacture of alcohol, as well as businesses and individuals involved in food stamp fraud, and provide alcohol-awareness education to students and education on Ohio liquor laws to liquor permit holders and their employees.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, agents were tasked by Governor Mike DeWine with enforcing Ohio’s Dine Safe Ohio health orders.
The Office of Investigative Services maintains two specialized investigative teams. The Critical Incident Response Team is comprised of investigators specially trained to handle critical incidents involving Division officers or mass crimes scenes. The Crisis Negotiation Team is made up by investigators trained to communicate with subjects involved in crisis situations such as hostage or barricade incidents.
The Vehicle Theft Unit provides training and support for the Division's auto larceny enforcement programs. These investigators assist uniform officers and local law enforcement in investigating vehicle theft related cases. The unit also investigates offenses related to the registration, licensing and titling of motor vehicles as mandated by Ohio Revised Code. Many of these cases include auto theft, title fraud, odometer tampering and altered vehicle identity violation.
The Polygraph Unit conducts polygraph examinations related to on-going investigations or for pre-employment purposes. The unit regularly conducts exams related to Division crash or criminal investigations and for patrol applicants. The unit also provides this service to local law enforcement agencies. The Office of Investigative Services maintains polygraph examiners at General Headquarters and investigative offices in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Findlay and Massillon.
The Computer Crimes Unit provides training and support for the investigation of crimes involving computers or other digital devices. Investigators assigned to this unit conduct forensic examinations of submitted evidence and occasionally conduct direct investigations of crimes involving computers or state databases. The CCU is located at General Headquarters.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol Crime Laboratory provides forensic services to the Patrol and other law enforcement agencies. The laboratory conducts forensic analyses in drug chemistry and toxicology. To learn more or about the lab or how to request services, click HERE.
The mission of Ohio State Highway Patrol Security Services section is to protect the Governor (and other dignitaries designated by the Governor) and to provide law enforcement and safety services to state-owned and leased buildings in the Greater Columbus area.
The Patrol’s security presence in state-owned or -leased properties includes a highly-visible presence in the Ohio Statehouse, Vern Riffe Government Center and the Rhodes State Office Tower, as well as the Ohio Judicial Center, which houses the Ohio Supreme Court. The four buildings are often the site of protests, rallies and demonstrations concerning a wide variety of issues. The responsibility for providing security at these four buildings, which are home to about 6,500 employees every work day, rests on the shoulders of our Capitol Operations Unit, which also includes the Patrol’s explosive detection canines.
Posts 96 & 98 – The Ohio Expositions Center consists of more than 350 acres, more than one million square feet of event space under roof, on-site parking for 12,000 vehicles, and seating for 20,000 people. The Expositions Center is host to over 150 annual large scale events with yearly attendance exceeding two million visitors. The campus includes 20 unique buildings, including historic turn-of-the-century pavilions, modern livestock facilities, multi-purpose buildings, a basketball court, an ice rink and two 7,500+ seat arenas. Additional support is provided to Mapfre Stadium, also located on the grounds. The Alum Creek Facility, which houses a full BMV customer service center with a large volume of daily customer traffic. Highway Patrol police officers maintain a highly-visible presence within the entire building/warehouse and utilize closed circuit TV systems to monitor security threats. Oversee the security at the Charles D. Shipley Building, which houses Ohio Department of Public Safety and Ohio Department of Transportation. Police Officers are responsible for patrolling the campus, handling any calls for service, and monitoring the buildings security systems. Additionally, officers patrol and provide security to the Ohio Department of Transportation building next door.
DIRECTIVE: Ohio Exposition Center – Post 96: Responsible for the protection of Ohio Exposition Center (Fairgrounds) personnel, buildings, and functions. Assist Academy during special details. Oversee the safety of two millions visitors per year. Conduct criminal investigations at the Ohio Expositions Center, Academy, Ohio Historical Center and Mapfre Stadium.
DIRECTIVE: Shipley/Alum Creek – Post 98: Provide law enforcement support for BMV activities at the Alum Creek Facility. Provide security at the Alum Creek Facility and Shipley/ODOT building. Conduct criminal investigations at the Shipley Building.
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Physical Location & Certified Mail Address
Ohio State Highway Patrol
1970 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43223
Ohio State Highway Patrol
PO Box 182074
Columbus, Ohio 43218-2074
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